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Old 02-15-2011, 05:29 AM   #1
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Do you think spirituality is important in the aging process?!

Dear friend.

Hi there.

I have been interested in spirituality for a long while now.
And i know that it is a very individual matter.
One way to look at it is what gives someone meaning in their lives,
whether that is family or their faith or their pets, etc.

Perhaps when one gets into the later years, such a question of "what is it all about" may become more important.
And as people start dying and bereavement becomes an issue,
we may start asking more questions.

I am interested to find out if you have any thoughts or views about the ageing process and spirituality.
What does spirituality mean to you?.
And is it relevant to older age?.

Thank-you for amy comment you may have.
I will respond to you if you write.

Best wishes.

And Happy ageing, what-ever that may look like for any of us.

Gavin

 
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Re: Do you think spirituality is important in the aging process?!

There are many voices out there, but until we realize wheather we believe it or not it is true! Our present body is perishable and prone to decay. Our resurrection body will be transformed. The spiritual body will not be limited by the laws of nature. This does not necessarily mean we'll be superpoeople, but our body will be different from and more capable than our present earthly body. Our spiritual body will not be weak, will never get sick, and will never die.

 
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Old 02-16-2011, 04:31 AM   #3
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Re: Do you think spirituality is important in the aging process?!

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Dear friend.

Hi there.

I have been interested in spirituality for a long while now.
And i know that it is a very individual matter.
One way to look at it is what gives someone meaning in their lives,
whether that is family or their faith or their pets, etc.

Perhaps when one gets into the later years, such a question of "what is it all about" may become more important.
And as people start dying and bereavement becomes an issue,
we may start asking more questions.

I am interested to find out if you have any thoughts or views about the ageing process and spirituality.
What does spirituality mean to you?.
And is it relevant to older age?.

Thank-you for amy comment you may have.
I will respond to you if you write.

Best wishes.

And Happy ageing, what-ever that may look like for any of us.

Gavin

 
Old 02-16-2011, 04:36 AM   #4
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Re: Do you think spirituality is important in the aging process?!

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There are many voices out there, but until we realize wheather we believe it or not it is true! Our present body is perishable and prone to decay. Our resurrection body will be transformed. The spiritual body will not be limited by the laws of nature. This does not necessarily mean we'll be superpoeople, but our body will be different from and more capable than our present earthly body. Our spiritual body will not be weak, will never get sick, and will never die.
Hi Mchavers1
Thanks for your reply.
May i ask, are you an older member?.
I am interested to get the views of the older person.
Having said that, i respect what you say.
It sounds like you may have a spiritual path of some kind,or may have taken
ideas from a path of some kind. It is a view i can understand.
Our physical bodies are mortal and subject to pleasure and pain.
What we do about that is an individual matter.
Thanks again.
Gavin

 
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Re: Do you think spirituality is important in the aging process?!

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Hi Mchavers1
Thanks for your reply.
May i ask, are you an older member?.
I am interested to get the views of the older person.
Having said that, i respect what you say.
It sounds like you may have a spiritual path of some kind,or may have taken
ideas from a path of some kind. It is a view i can understand.
Our physical bodies are mortal and subject to pleasure and pain.
What we do about that is an individual matter.
Thanks again.
Gavin
I am only 48 yrs old, but I do believe no matter your age that beginning knowledge is Gods knowledge. Because you have people that will fall short at any age that did not seek him for their concerns first.

 
Old 02-21-2011, 05:56 PM   #6
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Re: Do you think spirituality is important in the aging process?!

Hi Sam, spirituality is not just important in the aging process it is everything
in the aging process. As we get older it's all about what happens on the
inside of us, one thing for sure the one thing we take with us when we pass on
is our spiritual self. Spirituality has many meaning to different folks, to me personally it is looking out your window and enjoying all of God's wonderful
creation, we are a part of it, just as the seasons come and go, the flower
seed is planted and goes through the the same process as we do. Spirituality
is all about "heart" the love you have for one another, the earth, your
country, loving yourself and sharing it all in a kind and generous way.
It's a feeling of peace you have when you have to look at your aging body
and know that all is well with your heart and with your soul. I feel blessed
and grateful for not being afraid to look deep within my heart where my
spiritual side resides and I do not fear the aging process, it is what it is.
If someone asked me " if you had all the money in the world where would
you live and be happy? I would live in my heart, there is no place or
state that I would live that could make me happier then where I am
right now, today. I live one day at a time and I do not worry about what
happened yesterday and do not worry about what will happen tomorrow. I
trust that I am doing what I need to do for today, and as I have grown
older I will not waste one precious moment. You betcha spirituality
is important, it's water and food for our soul. Springtime is coming and
my spiritual self is soaring with delight, I am ready for the new season.
Blessings!

 
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Re: Do you think spirituality is important in the aging process?!

I have not found it to be so.
Granted, I'm not that old yet, but I've found myself becoming increasingly less religious and less "spiritual" as I've gotten older.
I've become increasingly less concerned about- less interested in- "spiritual" matters as I've aged.
I think ethics are important. I think creativity and kindness are important.

I'm sure it varies from one person to another.

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Re: Do you think spirituality is important in the aging process?!

I understand, there are many voices out there. How do we distinguish which good or evil is just that. There has to be a foundation to derive from, for a bases in determining what is the true good or evil? There has to be one source that we pull from because like you said everybody view is different, so that makes everybody different views of good and evil definition right for those individuals. There has to be one truth, it has to be an order of some kind, or they cannot exist in the same place.

 
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Re: Do you think spirituality is important in the aging process?!

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I understand, there are many voices out there. How do we distinguish which good or evil is just that. There has to be a foundation to derive from, for a bases in determining what is the true good or evil? There has to be one source that we pull from because like you said everybody view is different, so that makes everybody different views of good and evil definition right for those individuals. There has to be one truth, it has to be an order of some kind, or they cannot exist in the same place.
I've always found it quite simple:
hurting people = bad, helping people = good.
Destructive behavior is bad, constructive behavior is good.
We live in a society. Pro-social behavior benefits us all.

No religion I've dabbled in has ever been able to clarify this innate knowledge further. I've decided it needs no further clarification, at least not in my mind. I'm content with it.
But I do understand that some people are not, and that religion brings comfort to them. I consider it a positive thing in the lives of many people.
Just not necessary for me personally.

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Re: Do you think spirituality is important in the aging process?!

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Perhaps when one gets into the later years, such a question of "what is it all about" may become more important.
Yes, that may be true for some, assuming they don't get dementia.

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I am interested to find out if you have any thoughts or views about the ageing process and spirituality. What does spirituality mean to you?.
And is it relevant to older age?.
Well, as far as spirituality, I tend to take life as it comes, one day at a time. And I usually don't give much thought to spirituality. Sometimes I think I am a little spiritual () and at other times I think I'm not. With me it's a feeling that comes and goes and I don't try to cultivate it. I figure it's either there or it's not there and there's nothing I can do to make it be there.

As far as "what is it all about": I think life is about living and finding contentment. I hope my life will end naturally and peacefully. And after I'm dead, I won't be asking what it's all about. That will take care of itself.
So, life is about living and upon death I believe we go back to where we were for all the trillions of years before we were born. Where were we? We don't know and it doesn't really matter, does it?

Where were you for the trillions of years before you were born? Were you dead? Or, just not born yet? And when you were finally born, did you say, "well, it's about time!" No, you wouldn't have said that because time only exists for the living.

Thanks for starting this thread, I enjoyed it.


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Old 03-04-2011, 02:10 PM   #11
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Re: Do you think spirituality is important in the aging process?!

Thank you for that insight, the complexity in our design just cannot be understood from a carnal sense. It has to be outside our 5 senses, their is different realms that exist.

 
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